While most of Sydney shivered in bed on an unseasonably bitter July day, a couple of the Turbosmart hit the road early to make the three hour journey to Goulburn. While the Big Merino is a tantalising drawcard, the reason for making the trek to the Tablelands was not to gaze at a concrete sheep. We were out for something far more up our alley – Australia’s biggest track gathering of Mitsubishi Evos, the EvolutionOz forum’s annual Evo Nationals. This years event was to be the 10th anniversary since the first gathering at Wakefield in 2005.
While not an Evo, Turbosmart’s own Antarctic vortex explorers Brendan and Richard were thankful for their own all-wheel-drive chariot during the unexpectedly wintery conditions of the Southern Highlands and Tablelands. The new Turbosmart Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG proved to be a capable snow chariot.
With New South Wales’ cold snap threatening the conditions at Wakefield for the main event, the weather gods ended up showing mercy, and bluish skies and sunlight thawed the snow over Goulburn. The cold and damp track conditions persisted however, and promised to make an interesting proving ground for the Evos all-paw grip. We know these cars well as track weapons, and these conditions are the kind that separate the Evos from lesser cars with fewer driven wheels and no active control for their yaw.
Despite the weather and the difficulty many faced just getting to the track, the turn out was impressive. Some particularly special Evos were in attendance too, and many Turbosmart-equipped. The Mitsubishi Evo is one of the darlings of Time Attack, and a number of teams were using this handily timed event to shake down their cars before things get too hectic in the lead up to the World Time Attack Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park in October.
The Turbosmart-equipped Gools Evo was looking better than ever and showed some serious performance. While it was clearly a stunning purpose-built machine, this Evo VI’s immaculate presentation looked more show car than track warrior.
A perfect mix of form and function, Gools Evo is looking very ready to make some waves at Time Attack. It’s now running a 2.2-litre Nitto stroker engine, a sequential gearbox, and of course, lots of Turbosmart goodies.
Gools managed a best lap of 1:00.943 – the fastest of the event and a stellar result considering the less-than-perfect track conditions. Not only did it win on the track, but Gools Evo also took out the Best Presented Car award. It certainly did shine in the winter light!
Also present was the Pro-Duct Motorsports team and their Evo X. Recently the team took out a hat trick at the Great Southern 4 Hour endurance race, winning the event for the third consecutive year. The team are now working to prep for Time Attack, where the Evo X will be making some big power.
A Turbosmart eBoost 2 looks the part in the ProDuct Evo’s business-like cockpit.
Another highly regarded Time Attack car, the Tilton Interiors Evo 9, made an appearance. We only managed to capture this matte black beauty peeking out of its pit garage.
We admire the enthusiasm of these Evo owners, still coming out to Wakefield Park in numbers despite the best attempts of the weather to shut everything down. We got to see some awesome cars and meet some very cool owners and fans.
EvoNats wasn’t the only Mitsubishi-based event the Turbosmart team visited this month. The guys and girls at Turbosmart USA visited Mitsubishi Owners Day 2015 at the manufacturer’s North American HQ. See what they saw, right here!